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How To Remove Paint From a Hardwood Floor

Updated on March 13, 2012
Removing paint from hardwood restores the look of the floor.
Removing paint from hardwood restores the look of the floor. | Source

Many homeowners spruce up their rooms with a new coat of paint on the walls, ceilings or molding and trim. Some homeowners neglect the necessary preparation to protect their floors from paint splatters, drips and spills and end up with paint stains on their hardwood. Sometimes even with good floor protection, a paint accident can happen whether a paint can or painter’s tray is knocked over or stepped in paint stains will end up on your wood flooring. Many times when painting, paint will drip from paintbrushes or rollers overhead and lard on the tarp, the painter may step in the paint and track it over the hardwood floors. However the paint stains got onto the floor matters less than how can you remove the paint from the wood floor. Thankfully, it is not as difficult to remove paint from a wood floor as it seems as long as you use the correct method.

Removing Paint From Wood

Dip a clean rag or paintbrush into raw linseed oil.

Apply the raw linseed oil to the dry spill, splatter or drips.

Let the raw linseed oil remain onto of the paint stains until the paint begins to soften, which can take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes depending on the type of paint, thickness of the paint and age of the paint stain.

Hold an old plastic spatula at a low angle to the paint stain with the edge of the spatula resting on the floor’s surface and scrape the softened paint off the wood.

If any stubborn paint stains remain, apply more raw linseed oil and allow it to sit on the paint until the paint softens and scrape it off with the plastic spatula.

Fill a small bucket with water and add a generous squirt of a mild dish washing soap. Stir the water to blend the soap and water.

Submerge a rag into the water and wring out the excess water.

Wipe the floor to remove the raw linseed oil residue.

Wet a second rag with plain water and wipe the hardwood floor to remove the soap residue.

Immediately dry the wood floor with a soft, dry rag.

Rub a rag through paste floor wax and apply the wax to the area where the paint stain was removed.

Let floor wax dry to a dull, white haze.

Buff the dry wax off the floor with a clean, soft rag.

Tips for Removing Paint From Hardwood Floors

Do not use a metal scraper to scrape the paint stain because you will scratch your hardwood floor.

Do not use any abrasive cleaners such as scouring powders or steel wool because you will mar the surface and take away the protective surface layer.

Always protect your wood floors with tarps or drop cloths and painter’s masking tape to prevent accidental spills, drips and splatters.

Place a large rag just outside the door of the room where you are painting and wipe your feet to remove wet paint from the bottoms of boots and shoes.


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